Press release from 22.04.2022
We do not know if culture is systematically important, but it is definitely important for happiness! This was agreed upon by the participants of the network “MT Kulturtreff”, who met for an exchange in the municipality of Montabaur. Artists from Ukraine are also welcome.
Montabaur. But those dealing with art and culture also agreed that culture is more than just leisure, fun and entertainment. This is just after two years of a pandemic, a criminal war of aggression on our doorstep and in anticipation of the increasingly threatening consequences of climate change.
Although it is difficult in this confusing but not hopeless situation to follow the usual cultural activities, everyone wants to plan and perform important events and cultural events in Westerwald right now. Because burying your head in the sand and waiting for better times is not a solution for local culture workers: they get to work! The cultural scene is slowly waking up from pandemic sleep and organizers are looking forward to many guests at the smallest and biggest moments in the coming weeks.
Some local culture organizers found it particularly difficult not to despair. Jutta Linden-Quirmbach from the Culture in the Basement (KiK) initiative showed how difficult and important it is to tackle and win back an audience. Launched in 2017 as a cultural series in the rooms of a historic basement arch recently renovated by the Historica Montabaur association, it later evolved into an initiative that operates independently and in a permanent and very popular part of life cultural in the district town. The aim is to enable regional (and national) artists to have a special podium in a historic setting on “Crooked Tuesday”. “By establishing a non-profit association, we have responded to the various challenges posed by the pandemic,” says Linden-Quirmbach. Therefore, after much disappointment, a hopeful resumption is inevitable. Numerous events are scheduled back in May – including concerts in the fields of jazz, pop, hits, canon and folklore, as well as performances and readings. On behalf of the Montabaur city cultural office, Verena Schmitt and Oliver Krämer thanked all KiK activists for continuing their unwavering commitment.
Another important issue was the difficulty of financing future cultural offerings without knowing how many tickets could be sold under current conditions. However, everyone agrees that the expected financial problems should not be at the expense of artists: there should be no discounts from fees and charges, as these are mainly the livelihoods of cheap professionals. It was also considered to enter into dialogue with tourism and gastronomy in the region in a seminar on “culture and tourism”.
Another topic was the importance of the debate on sustainability in the culture sector. The “Limits to Growth” report from the Club of Rome exactly 50 years ago was considered innovative. According to those present, art and culture must make a greater contribution to the return of resource and energy consumption, otherwise we are heading towards a major environmental catastrophe. Appropriate art formats and forms should be developed and used for this purpose. However, there was also self-critical reflection on whether there are restrictions on the growth of the cultural sector itself.
There is a great deal of solidarity and willingness to help culture for Ukraine across the country. There are numerous actions and initiatives that organize assistance to the cultural scene and cultural institutions in need and provide support to refugees from the cultural sector. The MT-Kulturtreff network also wants to contribute and include refugee artists from Ukraine in its cultural and educational offerings (as far as possible). Those interested can contact Dr. Irene Lorisika (b-05 – firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Contact Georg Poell (Catholic Adult Education WW – email@example.com).
Uli Schmidt from the Mons Tabor cabaret theater, who coordinated the network and chaired the meeting, thanked all the volunteer and full-time cultural workers in the region for their tireless commitment. This is combined with the hope that other sponsors will agree to support the difficult path out of the pandemic. Contact is possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. (PM)
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